Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 499–511

A Pilot Community Intervention for Young Women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Therese Grant
  • Janet Huggins
  • Paul Connor
  • Julie Youngblood Pedersen
  • Nancy Whitney
  • Ann Streissguth
Article

Abstract

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a permanent birth defect caused by maternal alcohol use during pregnancy, is a leading preventable cause of mental retardation. Neuropsychological deficits have been well documented, however interventions developed have not been evaluated. We describe a successful 12-month community pilot intervention with 19 young women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Improved outcomes (including decreased alcohol and drug use, increased use of contraceptives and medical and mental health care services, and stable housing) were obtained by implementing a community intervention model of targeted education and collaboration with key service providers, and by using paraprofessional advocate case managers as facilitators.

fetal alcohol syndrome intervention prevention community 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Therese Grant
    • 1
  • Janet Huggins
    • 1
  • Paul Connor
    • 1
  • Julie Youngblood Pedersen
    • 1
  • Nancy Whitney
    • 1
  • Ann Streissguth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattle

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